Borrowed From The Boys

This look is classic, timeless and almost universally flattering! Every outfit tells a story, but this particular style is steeped in mystery and intrigue which draws people in like moths to a flame. The contrast of black and white, feminine and masculine with solids and geometric shapes sends a mixed message to onlookers, and in my experience they want to get to the bottom of it. “Who is that woman?” This look is bold, confident and although it appears reserved, it radiates sex appeal.

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

The woman who wears this look is comfortable with her sexuality and can rock the subtlety of female curves buttoned up under a gentlemen’s clothes.  She is a #GIRLBOSS and the queen of her domain. She dreams big.  Her vision is broad and she is unapologetic about the vast scale of her desires.  She wants what she wants when she wants it. She is success personified.

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

This look is my nod to the glamour of the silver screen in the 1930’s when stars like Marlene Deitrich were challenging social norms and the ideals of beauty by wearing what was traditionally men’s clothing and titillating the masses. It was part of a great movement in women’s fashion.

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

The look radiates a powerfulness which contrary to popular belief, does not come from the idea that women become more powerful when they look like a man, it comes from the fact that she is boldly defying tradition and re-defining feminism and beauty. She is braking free of the old fashioned idea that says pink is for girls and blue is for boys and saying “Hey ladies, wear whatever the f*ck you want!”.

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

I chose the Manitoba Legislative Building for this shoot for it’s epic proportions, gorgeous marble architecture and masculine and feminine contrasts. I also chose it because just like this style, it is full of mystery and intrigue. It is said that it’s architecture is filled with Freemason symbolism.  There is ongoing debate about the repeating use of the number 13 symbolizing good luck for the ancient Egyptians, and bad luck for the ancient Romans who hoped that honouring the number would counter its curse.

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

It appears to be an unsolvable mystery, but just like this very classic look, it makes a statement and commands respect and attention.

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

 

PHOTOS BY: Michael Sanders of Electric Monk Media

HAIR & MAKEUP BY: Patron of Dreams

STYLING BY: Patron of Dreams

VINTAGE: Wide-leg trousers, pearl tie, 100% wool coat by Hudson’s Bay Company (Made in Canada), hair pin.

THRIFT: Shoes by Twenty One from Buffalo Exchange (Phoenix, AZ), blazer by Maurices, clutch by Smart Set

Black satin blouse from Para Mix, pearl and rhinestone earrings and necklace (worn as bracelet) from Target, suspenders from Urban Behaviour

Modern Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins and I are kindred spirits!  She’s an empowered woman, no nonsense and uncompromising in her mission.  She gets what she wants and she get’s shit done without complaint so she can spend her time revelling in the magic and joy of life. She also genuinely tries to leave every person who’s life she touches a little better for having known her.

This look is my take on a modern-day Mary Poppins.  No longer living in a time where she must suppress her witchy ways or mask her assertive and unconventional nature with a prim and proper appearance.  But she’s still a lady who moves with pride and purpose, embracing her femininity with gusto!

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

Photo by Michael Sanders

This outfit is a perfect marriage of old-meets-new!  It’s a good example of how you can integrate vintage pieces, like this skirt and boat hat with very contemporary pieces like the faux leather jacket and Dr. Martens boots to make it your own.  This maxi skirt is such a gorgeous piece.  It’s actually part of a Victorian-inspired costume I got at a festival a couple of years ago.  It’s hand-made and it’s details are a work of art, with it’s train, high waist and mini-bustle.  Definitely a statement piece!

This photo shoot was so fun! Kicking around the historical Exchange District in Winnipeg, where many a Hollywood movie has filmed, and goofing around on rooftops. A favourite shot of mine is of the historical painting on the side of the Burton Cummings Theatre, of a Suffragette wearing the “VOTES FOR WOMEN!” banner.  So fitting for this shoot, and just like Mary Poppins, “practically perfect in every way!”.

PHOTOS BY: Michael Sanders of Electric Monk Media

MODELLING & STYLING BY: Patron of Dreams

MAKEUP & HAIR BY: Patron of Dreams

VINTAGE: Skirt, felt boat hat by Georgette, velour needlepoint bag

Leather Dr. Martens boots, cropped faux leather moto jacket by Daytrip, steer skull tank by Element, black bandeaux by One Teaspoon, faux snake-skin belt and fishnet stockings.

JEWELRY: Quartz crystal pendant from Shakti, quartz crystal/hematite necklace and rose quartz/Arabic coin necklace by Patron of Dreams.